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Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Nov 4, 2021
    70
    Gomez oozes enthusiasm and clearly Alicia cares a lot. The kids are all pretty great too, particularly Escalona, Goodjohn, and Severs, who have the most opportunity to provide their respective characters with depth and nuance.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 29, 2021
    70
    [The group's teacher] is nothing compared to the students and the improbable dialogue that prevails. True, things brighten somewhat when the question "What is cancel culture?" arises. ... The trouble Miles confronts as he faces one party invitation problem—details of which needn't be reported here—is a promising one in its emotional force. Miles is a sign of hope for the introduction of human characters, capable of feeling, and a gift to the show. It is an extraordinary performance by Adrian Matthew Escalona.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 2, 2021
    60
    More Peacock’s Punky Brewster than Peacock’s Saved by the Bell, the second and third episodes of Head of the Class rise to the lofty pinnacle of “fine.” And, as with the original series, the show is probably more likely to offer select memorable elements — Gomez and Escalona, particularly — than to be uniformly memorable.
  4. Reviewed by: Will Harris
    Nov 4, 2021
    58
    Gomez is just as delightful here as she was throughout the four-season run of One Day At A Time. Now we just need to see if the rest of the show can rise up to meet her—at the moment, it’s got quite a climb ahead of it.
  5. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Nov 4, 2021
    50
    We’re recommending it on the strength of Gomez’s lead performance and Lawrence’s ability to guide his showrunners to better episodes as his shows first seasons go along. But it’s too generic at this point to be considered a decent family sitcom, much less a successor to such a well-loved ’80s series.